J. Brahms Clarinet Quintet raises a kind of longing and memories. Especially the first few bars of the 1st movement. For years I was sure it was used in an old TV series I could not recall. Reading the comments of other listeners in YouTube, I realized that for other people, those memories may belong to events that never happened. This is the magic of the piece.
If you’ve never heard this Quintet before take 40 relaxing minutes to listen to it, contemplate and remember. The second movement is beautiful.
Towards the end of the Quintet you’ll hear the motive from those beginning bars, just in case you’ve already forgotten…
- Notebook: op. 78, 100, 108 (dothemath.typepad.com)
- Brahms (arr. Lazic): Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Major – after Violin Concerto Op. 77; Rhapsodies Op. 79; Scherzo Op. 4 (saledieselgenerator.wordpress.com)
- Brahms was Chilean (bibliolore.org)
Great piece by the great bassist – Charlie Mingus. What a groove, watch your legs as they start jumping everywhere… It was good bumping into it last evening driving home. Maybe that’s why the return to the bass motive after a long improvisation session is the part I liked the best. A good refresher for a long day…
- Jazz April Birthday #22: Charles Mingus 1922-1979 (robinsnestjazz.com)
- Charles Mingus on Grooveshark (grooveshark.com)
- Singing Mingus (eastbayexpress.com)
- The Galaxy – Remembering two great musical personalities (wdbx.wordpress.com)
Andrew Schwartz, a musician who switched to working on his MBA, posted his insights on where you get prepared best for life. The post appeared on “CNN’s school of though”
- Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Drummer, Mich. Native Chad Smith Lobbies For Music Education (detroit.cbslocal.com)
- Babies Don’t Care About the Jones – Baby Art, Swimming & Music Classes (everydayfamily.com)
- Taking Classes at Music Recording Schools (audioengineeringschools643.wordpress.com)
- Music Week One: Success! There’s a lot to this music lark, isn’t there? (arbitrax.wordpress.com)
- Yoga + Music: Should We Practice With Music? (lovelyhealthylife.com)
- Homework for CFU class (myyearinpoems.wordpress.com)
- Finding Out About Music Production Colleges (audioengineeringschools643.wordpress.com)
Originally posted on Schools of Thought:
By Andrew Schwartz, Special to CNN
Editor’s note: Tuba player Andrew Schwartz holds a bachelor’s of music from the University of Hartford. He did graduate work at The Manhattan School of Music and is working on an MBA at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business, where he is president-elect of the Graduate Business Association. He is an intern at Atlanta-based music startup Tunefruit. Schwartz’s story first appeared on CNN iReport.
(CNN) — It’s no secret that education in America is broken. We can’t define a good school, let alone figure out a way to measure success. Yet when money is tight, as it is right now because of the forced budget cuts, the first thing to be cut is always the arts. And that’s a tragedy.
According to Wikipedia - “”coloratura“, …normally means soprano coloratura. A coloratura soprano role, most famously typified by the Queen of the Night in Mozart‘s The Magic Flute, has a high range and requires the singer to execute with great facility elaborate ornamentation and embellishment, including running passages, staccati, and trills.”
Click on the video below. It’s a great example of coloratura singing. Cecilia Bartoli sings “Agitata da due venti” (Vivaldi, Griselda). This is a very, very demanding piece but Bartoli is doing it without any problem. Extreme jumps from very high to very low. Amazing midriff work and it all looks like with seamless effort.
Are you still reading this? Click on the video below…
- Feb. 18 Singer: Mezzo Cecilia Bartoli performs “Se tu m’ami”(seminatorevoicestudio.wordpress.com)
- Cecilia Bartoli’s Sacrifice (intermezzo.typepad.com)
- Why Cecilia Bartoli said no to the Pope (intermezzo.typepad.com)
- Cecilia Bartoli in Giulio Cesare – watch it live here (intermezzo.typepad.com)
- DB/CB at Scala (operachic.typepad.com)
Always wondered where to find calssical music in SoundCloud…
- SoundCloud Downloader: Users with unlimited downloads from SoundCloud spend 28% more on music (prweb.com)
- Audiocloud, the best SoundCloud app for Windows Phone, gets a nice update (wpcentral.com)
- SoundCloud gets optimized for Hype Machine (reviews.cnet.com)
- Buy Real Marketing Now Allows Test Drive on SoundCloud Service (prweb.com)
- Music, The Distributed Economy (musicthinktank.com)
- CloudSynth – The First SoundCloud Synthesizer (synthtopia.com)
Originally posted on Antti Sunell Music Blog:
Hellou! There are not only soundtrack-like electronica music in SoundCloud – also high quality performances and recordings of ”western art-music” can be heard. Here is some findings…
Boston-based New England Conservatory (NEC) provides regulary high quality recordings from solo performances to orchestral performances to avantgardean improvisations. Here New England Conservatory piano faculty Randall Hodgkinson performs Fauré’s Preludes.
That’s why I was happy to find this WordPress blog - classpiano.com – Free Piano Music by Regan Starr. Regan who is now the Manager of Digital Media for the piano company Steinway & Sons started this project while he was a student. His site contains hundreds of refreshing new music sheets to learn to play the Piano by.
Regan releases beautiful melodies which he categorize by difficulty Beginner,Intermediate and advanced, by Keys (Majors and Minors) and by Time signature. Regan also enables his readers to thumb up or down his pieces, so you can immediately access to most popular ones.
The music sheets come with some words of advice by Regan and a video where you can listen to the music and see the fingering. You still need to do actual practicing to get to results… However this is a great head start for anyone who wants to practice by themselves.
I would love to hear Regan Starr’s music played by a larger musical ensemble or in a context of a bigger piece. In the meantime he does not promise that he will keep all of his soundtracks on the site or his own computer…
- What are the “beginner pianist” cliche songs and melodies? (ask.metafilter.com)
- A Piano Teacher Reclaims the Piano (nancywilliamspiano.com)
- So, You Want Your Child To Be A Pianist? (maritimecalamities.blogspot.com)